Praying With Jesus: Spirit And Truth


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Praying With Jesus: Spirit And Truth

Yet a time is coming and has now come when the true worshipers will worship the Father in the Spirit and in truth, for they are the kind of worshipers the Father seeks. God is spirit, and his worshipers must worship in the Spirit and in truth.” – John 4:23-24

Do you ever struggle to know what to say when you pray?

This can happen in a few ways. Maybe it’s your normal time to pray or you just feel like you should be praying, but you can’t really think of anything to pray for. It can also happen when you feel overwhelmed by something. You want to lift it up to God, yet you just can’t find the words to express what you are going through.

Have you ever thought to ask God what you should pray for or how to pray about something?

I know. We tend to think we need to come up with what we are going to pray about, but remember that the Spirit knows you better than you know yourself and God knows what you should ask for better than you do. So, why not ask Him?

Maybe say something like, “God, I don’t know what to pray right now. Please search me, my life, and those around me with Your Spirit and show me what to pray for, and give me the words to pray.” Then pray what the Spirit reveals to you.

Do you ever feel that your prayers have gotten into a rut, of sorts; praying the same basic thing time after time?

One of the great ways we can pray is to pray God’s Word itself. Praying in the Spirit and speaking His Words of truth. Praying the Scriptures not only can add to our ideas of what we can pray, but it can help us take the focus off ourselves and focus us on God. These are His words and His promises.

There are many prayers in the Scriptures that we can pray for.

The Psalms, in particular, are full of prayers:

Have mercy on me, O God, according to your unfailing love; according to your great compassion blot out my transgressions. Wash away all my iniquity and cleanse me from my sin.” – Psalm 51:1-2

However, you don’t have to be limited to only praying the prayers in Scripture. You can use pretty much any Scripture to guide your prayers. I’ll close this blog post with an example:

May the God of hope fill you with all joy and peace as you trust in him, so that you may overflow with hope by the power of the Holy Spirit.” – Romans 15:13

Heavenly Father,

God, please search me, my life, and those around me with Your Spirit and show me what to pray for, and give me the words to pray.

(Wait on the Spirit and pray when you are ready.)

Amen

In Christ’s Service,

Pastor Kurt

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